Toronto toddler clings to life after 6-storey fall

Toronto police continue to investigate after a three-year-old girl who plunged six storeys from an east-end highrise was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
A woman barricaded herself inside the Toronto apartment, located on Midland Avenue, near Eglinton Avenue East, after a three-year-old girl fell from the highrise. (CBC)

A little girl remains in life-threatening condition after plunging six storeys from an east-end highrise in what police are calling a suspicious incident.

The three-year-old girl was rushed to the Hospital for Sick Children with critical head injuries. Investigators are still trying to determine whether the girl fell or was pushed.

Police received a 911 call around 4 a.m. ET Thursday, and found the child still breathing on the grass outside the apartment building.

Police later apprehended a 24-year-old woman after she barricaded herself inside the apartment at 915 Midland Ave., near Eglinton Avenue East.

"Once we determine how [the girl] fell then we'll have a better understanding if charges are warranted or not," said Const. Tony Vella. "We are hoping she'll survive but, again, she is considered in critical condition at this point."

Woman was acting strangely, neighbours say

Police had to break down a door to enter the unit.

Neighbours told CBC News that the woman was highly agitated, and was heard screaming before the incident occurred and also at police when they arrived.

The woman was taken to Scarborough General Hospital. Neighbours say the 24-year-old is the child's mother, but the police would not confirm this. Residents have told police they heard loud noises and yelling before the girl fell.

The news was also unsettling to neighbour Brian Johnston.

"It's sickening, the fact a little child is laying in hospital fighting for her life," he said.

Lisa Houle, who lives on the fifth floor, said the woman was acting strangely earlier in the day.

Houle said she saw the woman yelling at the little girl and a man who was with them. Houle claims the woman walked right in front of her car as she was driving.

"I thought about calling the cops yesterday because of how she was acting," she said. "I wish I did, because when I woke up this morning the little girl was over the balcony."

Houle also said she had seen the woman and the little girl before, down in the laundry room, and everything seemed fine.

Neighbours said the girl and the mother lived alone.

2nd balcony fall incident this month

Thursday's incident comes just weeks after a woman and two young children plunged from a fourth-floor apartment balcony in Toronto's east end.

Police found two girls — a two-year-old and an eight-month-old — conscious but in serious condition at a highrise apartment building at 550 Scarborough Golf Club Rd. on Nov. 5 .

Jerome Stephenson, 27, was charged with attempted murder and other offences in connection with the incident.